In this book, Índigo tells an unusual story that happened to her while working in her garden. A Busy Lizzy started talking to her. At first, she panicked, but then realized the flower just wanted to chat. The next day, the same thing happened, with a daisy.
On the following day, a passion fruit flower approached her. Then, a morning-glory. And so it goes, in a way that the story takes unimaginable paths. Illustrated by Thaís Beltrame.
Publication/Status: by Biruta (Brazil) in 2017.
During a vacation trip to Italy, Marie Antoinette got lost from her parents. Suddenly her only traveling companion is her lucky gnome, whom she took along with her purse. Marie Antoinette could not imagine that Gê, the gnome, had been waiting for such an opportunity for a long time. Back to Europe, with no adults around, Gê reveals himself as a living being, jumps out of the purse and runs away.
Stunned at the gnome’s sudden burst of energy, Marie Antoinette spurts after him. This is how they arrive at the Palazzo dei Bambini, a magic palace that shelters lost children from all over the world.
Publication/Status: by V&R (Brazil) in June 2017. [80 pages]
Glauber and Hilda lived like two parasites. It was a tough and strenuous life. But there is a reason for that. Glauber is a mite and Hilda is a flee. If it weren’t for their boundless love (and for the natural boldness of all parasite beings) they would be damned. The Adventures of Glauber and Hilda brings five dramatic episodes of their lives. In “Monga, The Ape Woman”, Glauber learns he has a special talent as circus performer while they dwell on the fur of a horrendous monster. In “The Three-Legged Dog” they will enjoy the luxury and opulence of living on the fur of a lucky dog who has been adopted by a millionaire old lady.
In “Genetic Mutation” Hilda inhales an alarming amount of flee poison and suffers a personality disorder. Now she thinks she is a wasp. In The Prophet’s Beards, they end up on the beard of an old hippie. Glauber will experience the feeling of abdication and universal love. And to finish off: A “Much Deserved Vacation”, in which they immerse in a hectic season on the bottom of the ocean.
Publication/Status: by Companhia das Letrinhas (Brazil) in 2014. Sold to TV series. English sample chapters.
Walter and Silvia lived in the same street. They saw each other every day, and this is how they fell in love. But Walter and Silvia are trees. If it weren’t for a little bird named Benjamin they would never know that their feelings correspond. Unfortunately, not everyone in the neighborhood encourages their romance. Certain remarks have been made against their public displays of affection.
But Walter and Silvia will have the support of fearless friends, who will do whatever it takes to give this love story a happy ending.
Publication/Status: by Caramelo (Brazil) in 2013.
English sample chapters.
A grandmother has a strange fetish for poking a baby’s soft spot. One fine day she finds herself alone with her grandson. Her wish is finally granted. Pop! As a result, little Hector attains consciousness of his surroundings. Now he is capable of recounting his life with the boldness and sagacity of an adult. Ironic and suspicious, he will gradually learn how to deal with his family, with fellow babies and even with toys who share his crib.
The book shows how the first years of a person’s life can be far more sinister and hectic than what we imagine.
Publicashion/Status: by Moderna (Brazil) in 2012.
English sample chapters.
An eleven-year-old boy named Igor tells us the story of his obstinate pursuit for a pet. Igor lives in a small apartment with his mom and baby sister. Troubles begin when his mom declares that there will be no pets in the apartment. But Igor will not give in. He is tired of hearing “no”, and decides to take matters into his own hands. He cuts a deal with Mr. Beard, who owns an exotic pet shop. In case Igor’s mom does not approve any specific pet, he will always be able to exchange it for another one, until he finds that perfect pet capable of winning his mom’s heart.
Publication/Status: Originally published by Hedra (Brazil) in 2001; by Giunti (Italy) in 2008 and then relaunched by Moderna (Brazil) in 2014.
Italian full translation. English sample chapter.
In Pets, after lots of turmoil, negotiations, and determination, Igor got his much-desired pet. Now, in A Barbarian Dalmatian, Conan, the dog, shows us what happens when dreams become reality. Igor will learn what it means to take care of a pet. This implies in rules, discipline, dedication, and training. In this new adventure, Igor relinquishes his comfortable role as the son to become a kind of father figure. The experience will stir up his beliefs and ideologies, inciting him to reconsider traditional power relations and come up with new approaches to education.
In A Barbarian Dalmatian Igor and his friends face a new selection of exotic animals and others not so exotic. Through the craziest and funniest situations, kids and pets learn that they have much more in common than what they suspected.
Publication/Status: Originally published by Hedra (Brazil) in 2007. Relaunched by Moderna (Brazil) in 2015.
Imagine you are a teenage penguin bored to death, pondering about your perspectives in life. You will age, gain weight, hatch an egg and accept the fact that you are just another black and white creature living in a block of ice. The biggest thrill is when Greenpeace arrives and gives some lectures on the importance of perpetuating our species. This is your life. But one fine day, amidst the great white desolation of the South Pole, you spot Amyr Klink’s boat. This is a lifetime opportunity. That was Orozimbo’s situation when he made a bold and radical decision: abandoning his natural habitat and taking the boat that would get him to South America, leading him to meet a bunch of weird humans in a small ranch, somewhere in the countryside of Brazil.
His chances of survival were slim, but this is what this book is about. Proving that sometimes the impossible is possible, and if not all penguins, at least this particular one can not only live on a ranch but find happiness in a chicken poultry.
Publication/Status: by Manati Produções Editorais (Brazil) in 2013.
English sample chapters.
In this book, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty speak for themselves. In their own words, the three princesses recount a crucial period of their lives. Snow White has just been kicked out from Weitenburg Castle and is working in a coal mine settlement somewhere in the Black Forest. Sleeping Beauty is about to turn sixteen, pricking her finger on a spinning wheel and falling into a deep sleep. Cinderella has been disinherited. She is now living in a fetid basement and has to work 24/7.
Living in seclusion, each one due to a different twist of fate, they maintain a frantic and desperate written correspondence.
Publication/Status: by Brinque-Book (Brazil) in 2007. [159 pages]
English sample chapters.
Snake Syrup was inspired by Índigo’s memories. The book is divided into two parts, Childhood and Grownuphood, and brings several peculiar episodes. Índigo’s short stories are characterized by a unique humor, which can be ironic, subtle or so unusual that it becomes almost nonsense. You will find a mix of stories about how kids can be mischievous with their pets and with one another, about fears and bad dreams, religious visions, imaginary conversations, fantasy, interpersonal relations and so forth. These stories seem very familiar.
They do occur in many families and could have happened to many of us. The book was made possible thanks to a literary prize from Brazil’s Ministry of Education. It had a first print run of 300 thousand copies and can be found in every public library in Brazil.
Publication/Status: Originally published by MEC in 2006. Relaunched by Moderna in 2015.